Category Archives: sex abuse

Prelates Pressured

The Catholic Press, at least its independent wing, continues to pressure bishops. Grant Gallicho continues the Commonweal hounding of American bishops of questionable administrative conduct. My sense if that Jeff Anderson is doing what any tenacious lawyer does to earn … Continue reading

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Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The discussion on Pope Francis, negligent bishops, and what the former can or should do about the latter continues in the blogosphere (like here) and offline. The Holy Father has named a commission. I think we continue to wait and … Continue reading

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Things That Happened Fast

1. The expansion of the early universe. 2. Newark priest banished to the lay state. The earlier event pumps some life into the cosmology branch of astronomy. Exoplanets were getting a lot of attention. But scientists win the Nobel Prize … Continue reading

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Frontline on Catholic Scandal

I missed the airing time on tv the other night, so I watched the Frontline program “Secrets of the Vatican” online this morning. A lot of journalistic work went into this. Some big people come off looking very bad. As … Continue reading

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Canonical Process For Bishop Finn

My former bishop gets reported to Pope Francis. The canonical appeal is facilitated by Father James Connell, priest of the Milwaukee archdiocese and canon lawyer. Over 100,000 online signatures. (I wasn’t one of them.) Will anything come of this? Some … Continue reading

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Good News/Bad News

It seems like it’s that kind of week. On two headlines pulled from the Twitter feeds … In Milwaukee, we have … … one of the largest and most contentious of the dozen or so church bankruptcy cases to date. … Continue reading

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Going Deaf

It was wrong when many people were unjustly railroaded and misread at the CDF. It stings to have the injustice returned: It seems as though the report was prepared before the meeting with the Holy See delegation which gave detailed … Continue reading

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Apologizing

On the RNS roundup this morning, David Gibson linked 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Credibility After You Screw Up. For bishops covering up and uncovered this seems about right. Management consultant Supriya Desai suggests there’s a first step before the apology: … Continue reading

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Chicago Commentary

Grant Gallicho is not letting up on bishops. He blogs today about two priests allowed to go free in Chicago despite recommendations otherwise from review boards. From the conclusion: The church has learned a lot since the 2002 wave of … Continue reading

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Another 2013 Person, Not Pope Francis

Poor Pope Francis. Out-polled by an American president, named best-dressed for not wearing martyr’s shoes, and now bypassed for another popularity “honor” by a layperson, at least according to NCR: NCR has been reporting on the priest sex abuse crisis since … Continue reading

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Msgr Lynn In Limbo

After eighteen months in prison, Msgr William Lynn, national Catholic scapegoat, will endure another twist in his landmark case. If someone can guarantee a quarter of a million in dollars, he will be freed, pending a resolution of the mess … Continue reading

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Vigor: Does It Fit?

Merriam-Webster online defines vigor: 1.  active bodily or mental strength or force 2. active healthy well-balanced growth especially of plants 3. intensity of action or effect :force 4. effective legal status Bishop Daniel Condon wrote to the NYT contesting a small part of the … Continue reading

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“You Deserve Better”

A headline and a fair and honest quote from the St Paul-Minneapolis archbishop, John Nienstedt, preaching at a suburban parish in his diocese. He also was quoted in CNS: The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in … Continue reading

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Checklist for the New Commission

Liam’s link didn’t work directly, but I was able to find Cardinal O’Malley’s statement with a little sleuthing. (Click here, then click “Inglese” if it comes up in Italian.) The new commission for the protection of minors includes this checklist: … Continue reading

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Cardinal Mahony Featured

Check this devastating report on Cardinal Roger Mahony. The man has largely disappeared from public view since the conclave. But in retirement he still blogs, mainly in immigration policy advocacy. The report seems thorough and balanced–more than fair to a man … Continue reading

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